Extremely Rare! Only 970 SS396s were built total in 1972. This one is also a Rally Sport with a 4-speed and a/c! Without a doubt one of the most desirable 1972 Camaros on the planet. It is verified with Z27 LS3 on the trim tag and a U in the vin. Vin # matching 396 and 4-speed. It was frame off restored. Lived in Oklahoma then Texas.
EXTERIOR: Very clean body. The gaps are square and flush, straight as a rifle barrel. No rust or damage. It is a Rally Sport which includes split bumpers, extended nose and different marker lights. It also has spoilers and sport mirrors. Repainted a high gloss red. It is polished smooth. Jambs are slick, weatherstrips were replaced. Only a few small nicks. Clear windshield. Chrome and trim looks great. Great stance. Polished aluminum Weld wheels with BFG tires, fatter in back.
INTERIOR: Very nice deluxe interior. The seats have been recushioned and upholstered. Carpet looks new, has reproduction mats. Upper and lower door panels are excellent. Dash pad has a mild curl. The instrument bezel is wood grain with full set of factory gauges including tachometer. Original wheel on a tilt column. It has a stereo in the factory location. Nice factory console with a Hurst shifter. The plastic trim is very good, has complete set of seatbelts. Excellent headliner, dome light works.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: #s matching big block 402. Stock components- manifolds, air cleaner, valve covers, distributor, brackets etc. Factory air conditioning updated to R134 freon. It also features power steering and power brakes. It looks very tidy, proper and complete.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: Clean metal trunk. I did not find splices in the quarters. Weatherstrip and mat were replaced. Trunk light works.
UNDERSIDE: It has been body off the frame restored. You can see the body bushings were replaced. The front end also looks like it's been completely rebuilt. All the bushings, ball joints, steering components look like they have been replaced. The correct dual exhaust system has been installed with a transverse muffler. The brakes have been rebuilt, the calipers still have tags on them. The e-brake assembly is all hooked up. The fuel system was replaced including the tank, lines and sending unit. The floors look to be original, they are smooth clean metal with a satin black. Less then a year ago the leaks were sealed up- oil pan gasket, front crank seal, power steering hose, shifter seals, output shaft seal, pinion seal and the rear end was serviced. #s matching Muncie 4-speed. New Hurst Competition linkage and shifter. 10 bolt 3.42 posi rear.
Only 970 396SS were made. How many were Rally Sports with a 4-speed and air conditioning? How many exist today? How many still have #s matching motor and trans? This was the last year big block Camaro would ever be made too. Certainly an investment collector car.
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